Samsung fitness band patent hints at Jawbone and Fitbit rival

'Mobile communications device' detailed along with design sketches

We've seen a few patents for new Samsung wearables turning up over the last few months - from the circular 'Orbis' Tizen smartwatch to the flexible phone that morphs into a smart bracelet - and now we've a fitness tracker band to add to the pile.

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The patent, for an 'ornamental design for a mobile communication device', has just been awarded over at the USPTO, as uncovered by TechnoBuffalo.

From the sketches we can see it's a lightweight looking activity band that looks to combine the hardware module into the clasp that fastens it.

There's no display, so the Samsung fitness tracker will most likely make use of a companion app to display its data, much like the Jawbone UP3 or the Misfit Flash.

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With HTC recently detailing its Grip fitness tracker and Sony already part of the party with its SmartBand devices, Samsung's potential move into the best-selling wearable tech genre isn't really a great surprise.


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